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The German language course 'Conversational German – From Time of Day to Eating Out' is a free online course which is designed for anyone who wants to learn to speak basic German. With 120 million German speakers in over 20 countries this course is the second in a series of conversational German courses that lay down the foundations of the spoken language by introducing learners to the pronunciation of words and the use of phrases and sentences through text and audio. You will learn the German words and phrases for telling the time and dates. You will also be introduced to nationalities, how to tell someone where you are from and ask where they are from. You will then learn German words and phrases that will help you order drinks and snacks at a cafe, how to reserve a table at a restaurant, how to order food and ask for and pay the bill. The content is broken down into key terms and vocabulary. There are also audio clips accompanied by a transcript and translation with additional key cultural and grammatical points being highlighted and explained. This free online German language course will be of great interest to anybody wanting to travel to Germany or a German speaking region, either as a tourist or for business, business people who have regular contact with German speaking colleagues and for any learner who has an interest in speaking or reading German. <br />
Conversational German – From using the Phone to Pastimes and Holidays is a free online course which is designed for anyone who wants to gain confidence in speaking German. With 120 million German speakers in over 20 countries this course is the last in a series of conversational German courses that lay down the foundations of the spoken language by introducing learners to the pronunciation of words and the use of phrases and sentences, with English translations, through text and audio. With the focus on spoken German the first module takes the learner through using the phone for taking and leaving messages as well as making appointments. The remaining modules address leisure time such as sporting activities, going to the theater, and making plans for the weekend. You will also learn how to book a hotel or hostel, check in when you arrive, report any problems with your room, make inquires about activities, ask for information and directions as well as talk about your holidays to other people. Additional information about German culture, grammar and verbs is presented to enable you to expand your knowledge of the German language. This course will be of great interest to anyone who wants to learn how to speak German in social settings or anyone who is looking to travel to any German speaking region in Europe.<br />
The free online course Conversational German – From Family to Shopping is designed for anyone who wants to learn to speak basic German. With 120 million German speakers in over 20 countries this course is the third in a series of conversational German courses that lay down the foundations of the spoken language by introducing learners to the pronunciation of words and the use of phrases and sentences through text and audio. The course starts by introducing key words and phrases that allow you describe your family and talk about members of your family. You will also be able to ask about other people's families. The course then tells you how to describe your profession, where you work and aspects of your job. You will learn key words and phrases for shopping for day to day basics like bread, cheese, fruit and vegetables. You will also learn how to request that you taste a sample of the food. When buying clothes you will learn how to ask for recommendations or assistance in a shop, and ask for an item of clothing by colour. If you are ill you will learn how to describe your symptoms to a pharmacist and request medicine. The content is broken down into key terms and vocabulary. There are also audio clips accompanied by a transcript and translation with additional key cultural and grammatical points being highlighted and explained. This free online German language course will be of great interest to anybody wanting to travel to Germany or a German speaking region, either as a tourist or for business, business people who have regular contact with German speaking colleagues and for any learner who has an interest in speaking or reading German. <br />
AgraQuest is a company which developed a groundbreaking bio-pesticide that changed the way food is cultivated using pesticides and was a revolution in growing safer food for consumers. In this free online course Pam Marrone, founder of AgraQuest, discusses about how she guided AgraQuest to be today’s leader in bio-pesticides. With her savvy business sense, we learn how Pam pioneered a huge turnaround in marketing the AgraQuest product to capture a niche in the pesticide market. We learn the key factors which brought about the formation of AgraQuest and what changes were made in the pesticide market to convince farmers that they needed to make the change to bio-pesticides manufactured by AgraQuest. It also highlights the stumbling blocks encountered by Pam and her team when bringing AgraQuest products to the market and the lessons they learned from this process. This free course will be of interest to entrepreneurs and business professionals who would like to learn how a company can grow and become successful by creating a need for their product or service, and by developing a marketing plan that convinces consumers to make the change to their product or service. <br />
Steve Blank is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in high technology companies and management. He is also a Consulting Professor at Stanford in the Graduate School of Engineering. In this free online course he goes through a checklist of questions and answers that will be helpful to any new business leader. He offers insights and case studies from industry and new technology companies. He focuses on important areas for business start-ups including market opportunity, market regulations and distribution, competitors and complimentors, and technology breakthroughs. You will learn why sometimes being the first and only company in a particular market can actually be a disadvantage. He discusses the difference between vertical markets and horizontal markets, and you will also learn why market and technical risks are of great importance for an entrepreneurial venture. This course will be of interest to business people, entrepreneurs and anyone who would like to hear key insights and knowledge gained by a very successful entrepreneur with years of experience in business start-ups and management.<br />
Guy Kawasaki is best known as “chief evangelist” of Apple. In this free online course he gives important lessons about entrepreneurship. He explains why he thinks that the most successful companies will be those that aim to create a positive change in society. He explains how to make meaning in your company so that you can make a difference. You will learn about mantras, getting going, defining a business model and creating a niche for your company. He also recommends that you hire “infected” people, people who love the product or service. You will also learn about lowering barriers to adoption, approaching sales and how to become a “mensch”. He discusses how to find evangelists and soul mates and what is the career path to becoming an entrepreneur or venture capitalist. This course will be of great interest to all business professionals or budding entrepreneurs who are interested in starting up a business and would like to hear advice and guidance from someone who has already done it successfully but who has also been very close to extraordinary achievement in the area of the growth of high technology businesses.<br />
Janice Fraser is CEO and co-founder of Adaptive Path, an experience design consultancy firm based in San Francisco, California and Austin, Texas. Janice is an experienced entrepreneur and in this free online course she talks in detail about how important the culture of a business is for the success of that business. She emphasises that a productive culture is one where managers create meaning for their employees. By promoting a business culture that employees can buy into they will become more motivated and work more passionately to make the business a success. Janice believes that alignment is the key factor underlying everything we do. In a business alignment means that employees are doing fulfilling work which they excel at. This course will be of great interest to all business professionals and managers who would like to gain advice and guidance about creating a successful business culture which has meaning for all employees.<br />
Jerry Kaplan is widely known in the computer industry as a serial entrepreneur, executive, technical innovator and author. In this free online course he explains what the best qualities of serial entrepreneurs are and the five biggest mistakes that entrepreneurs make. He discusses the five critical skills that entrepreneurs need: leadership, communication, decision-making, being a team player and the ability to telescope. He explains the vital importance of sales skills and recruiting people to sell for you. This course will show you how the timing of an idea is very important and why it is very difficult to call. Kaplan shares his advice on the types of risks that companies face when they start off and how the trick is to get the risk out as soon as possible. He discusses the best time to start a business, why he admires and respects business leaders such as Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos and how to establish culture and values in a company early on. He also talks about how roles change within a company when there is a transition away from R&D. This course will be of great interest to business professionals, entrepreneurs, business students and anyone with a general interest in gaining a better knowledge and understanding of the critical skills needed by entrepreneurs to create successful businesses.<br />
When most people think about currency exchange, we are usually thinking about buying foreign currency to bring with us on vacation. However, currency exchange involves much more such as treasuries, bonds, imports and exports, trade imbalances, and the borrowing costs of a country. This free online course about currency exchange gives us a key insight into the financing behind a country's growth and development, and answers questions such as how is the money raised to build a country's infrastructure. The course discusses how currency is valued, devalued, and how countries trade and lend money to each other. It also discusses the knock-on effects of lack of demand for treasury bonds to a country and the costs thereafter. This course will be of great interest to business and finance professionals who would like to learn more about currency exchange mechanisms, and to the non-finance professional person wishing to know more about what role currency exchange practices play in the financial system.<br />
The free online course Customer Relationship Management in Business Services focuses on how businesses can achieve excellence in customer relationships by designing and developing effective and efficient service processes for their customers. The course begins by showing you how fluctuating demand from customers for a service can be addressed by businesses by managing capacity within the service process they offer to their customers. You will then learn how businesses can use marketing elements to shape demand patterns for a service. You will learn about consumer behaviour and how important elements of service processes such as queuing and waiting lines can be re-designed to greatly improve customer experience and also increase service productivity and efficiency. You will also learn about The Three-Stage Model of Service Consumption and how this model allows service managers set objectives and shape consumer behaviour in a targeted manner. Finally, you will learn about self-service technologies (SSTs) and co-creation of business services and how these methods are the ultimate form of customer involvement in a business service when used appropriately. The course uses real-world examples throughout to demonstrate how service businesses and service organisations around the world achieve excellence in their customer relationships. This course will be of great interest to all professionals working in service businesses and service management and who would like to learn more about creating business services that go beyond customer satisfaction and achieve customer delight. <br />
Good customer service is vital for all businesses, large or small. It can have a direct impact on customer loyalty and where potential customers choose to spend their money. Simply put, the higher quality customer service you provide, the higher level of customer satisfaction you will enjoy, and that will translate into repeat business and more revenue.<br /><br />This free online course from ALISON introduces the basic concepts of customer service and dives into effective customer service techniques and practices. It will benefit anyone who deals directly with a business or organization’s customers.<br /><br />Gain thorough knowledge and understanding of customer service practices and become confident in handling enquiries, complaints, and communications.<br />
In this free course Data Analytics – Introduction to Machine Learning you will learn about machine learning methods that help automate the analysis of data. These computing methods help find hidden insights and information within the data without being explicitly programmed where or what to search for within the data.<br /><br />This course begins by introducing you to supervised and unsupervised learning. You will learn how to distinguish between each type of learning and how to use them to analyse data. You will also learn about linear regression and how it can be used. The course introduces concepts about regularization and how to avoid over-fitting by using regularization.<br /><br />Next, you will learn about using Excel and Matlab to perform simple and multiple regression. You will learn about confidence levels and subset selections. You will learn how to distinguish between R² and adjustment R² and what they both measure. The course will finish by introducing what the K-NN approach is in data analytics and when this approach should be used. <br /><br />This course will be of great interest to professionals who work in the areas of data analytics and data science and who would like to learn more about methods used in machine learning. It will also be of interest to learners who are interested in computer science and would like to learn more about how machine learning gives computers the ability to learn without being explicitly programmed.
In this free data analysis course Data Analytics - Mining and Analysis of Big Data you will be introduced to the concept of big data and to a number of techniques that are used to analyse and interpet big data. <br /><br />The course begins by introducing you to big data and lists the four V’s of big data. You will learn about associative rule mining, and about when association can be applied and the patterns that arise in mining. <br /><br />Next, you will learn about clustering analysis. You will examine the difference between clustering and classification and the different types of clustering. You will also learn about K-means clustering and K-meloids.<br /><br />Finally, you will learn about online and active learning. You will learn about experimentation and the difference between an online and offline context of creating data. You will be introduced to the n-arm bandit problem and how to find solutions for the multi-arm bandit problem. <br /><br />This free online course will be of great interest to professionals involved in data science and data analysis and any learner who wants to learn more about analysing big data using mining and clustering techniques.
The free online course Data Journalism and Media Standards introduces you to the methods used by journalists in gathering and utilizing online data, as well as the use of freedom of information requests for government and public records. The use of blogs and the rise of the citizen journalist are also explored.<br /><br />The course first introduces the ever-growing set of tools, techniques, and approaches to storytelling known as data journalism. You will learn how to find data on the web, how to request it using freedom of information laws, how to use screen-scraping to gather data from unstructured sources, and use crowd-sourcing to collect datasets from readers. You will learn how to present data using techniques such as data visualization and news applications. You will also learn about mining data and learn to recognize the four main obstacles to the use of data journalism. <br /><br />Next, you will learn about the role of the free press and the standards that are in place which describe the privileges and responsibilities of a free press in a free society. The laws, statutes, and codes that determine the conduct required of news organizations are explained. The framework of a free press is also explained, such as, what rights are essential, in order for journalists to do their jobs. You will also learn about censorship and regulation of the media. You will review how government licensing in some countries both determines who may be a journalist and circumscribes the parameters of acceptable reporting and commentary leading to self-censorship and stifling of dissent and debate.<br /><br />Finally, you are introduced to the tools and resources used to hold bloggers and citizen journalists to account. You will learn how access to electronic files presents special challenges such as being over-connected which can fragment and compartmentalize public opinion. You will also learn how information that is in the public domain cannot be the basis of an invasion of privacy suit. You will also learn about how discipline, order and planning are essential for successful investigative journalism, and how your work must be solidly researched, well written and verifiable.<br /><br />This course will be of great interest to journalists and students who would like to learn how gathering and presenting data can be used as key part of the journalistic process. The course will also be of interest to learners who want an insight into the ethics and laws governing journalism, and how they apply to both professional and citizen journalists.<br />
In the free online course Databases - DML Statements and SQL Server Administration you will learn about using statements to retrieve, modify and delete data from a database. You will study about performing administrative tasks such as adding security and backing up your database.<br /><br />The course begins by introducing you to DML or Data Manipulation Language statements. It will teach you about the SELECT statement to search and retrieve data from your database, and about applying the where clause to refine your SELECT statement. You will also learn about aggregate functions and other clauses you can include in your SELECT statement, and to update and delete data in a database.<br /><br />Next, you will be introduced to security terminology in which you will learn about the different levels of security using SQL Server Administration. This course will also teach you about applying security and adding users to a database, different ways to backup and restore a database using SQL Server Administration.<br /><br />This free Alison course will be of great interest to those wishing to learn about querying a database and applying security to it. <br /><br />
Delivering Community Development is the second in a series of free online courses that will guide you in the delivery of a successful community development project. The course will also guide you on how to maintain momentum during a community development project and how to evaluate the effectiveness of the project. Using community health as a springboard for understanding community development you will learn about the key skills needed in delivering community-based projects such as effective communication and facilitation techniques, how to prepare presentations and key leadership skills. You will learn about media communication techniques such as writing a press release or how to answer a difficult question. The course also reviews how to work with other organisations in the community and you will learn how to identify the key factors that make a successful partnership. You will also learn about fundraising, the pros and cons of different types of fundraising and the phases of fundraising. Volunteers are a key resource in any community project and you will learn how to recruit them and what makes fora successful volunteer program. Finally, you will learn about the methods you can use to evaluate the community project and what you need to do to sustain progress in a community group. This course will be of great interest to professionals or volunteers working in community development and with community organisations and who would like to learn more about the key skills needed to deliver a successful community project.<br />
This Graphic Design course builds on the introductory course and investigates the application of graphic design principals in the production process such as composition, balance, contrast and hierarchy. It is suitable for students studying graphic design, and designers and artists working in the graphic design industry. <br />
In the free online course Design Thinking - Design Research and Analysis you will learn about research and analysis as part of the design process. You will learn about interviewing techniques as part of the design research phase and techniques you can use to analyse user stories.<br /><br />The course begins by introducing you to research for design. You will learn about the main difference between market research and design research. You will learn about questions you should consider when designing and how to frame these questions for interviewing. You will also learn about a user's mental model and what it is.<br /><br />Next, you will learn how to analyse the information obtained during the research phase. You will learn about seeing themes from user stories and about a customer journey map. You will learn what a persona is, what it represents and why you need to create one. You will learn about scenarios and how they complement personas. You will learn about insight statements and why the 'How might we' questions can help reframe your insight statements. Finally, you will learn about what a design strategy statement is and how it can be used.<br /><br />This free online course would be of great interest to those looking to learn more about designing with a people centred mind set.<br /><br />Perquisites: You will need to have completed the previous course Introduction to Design Thinking and People Centred Design. <br />
In this free online course Design Thinking - Generating Ideas, Stories and Prototypes you will learn about innovating products from ideas and idea generation techniques. You will also learn about creating concepts and storyboards, and about prototyping your design. <br /><br />The course begins by introducing you to methods used by designers for generating ideas. You will learn about the top 5 idea generating techniques such as brainstorming and how they work. You will learn about bundling your ideas together and creating a concept.<br /><br />Next, you will be introduced to the storytelling approach to design. You will learn about creating storyboards to visualize your concept and how storyboards can help you with the design process. Finally, you will learn about prototyping, what it is and how it helps your design development. You will learn about paper prototyping and how helpful it is as part of the design process.<br /><br />This free Alison Course will be of great interest to professionals working in the areas of product and service design and who would like to learn more about generating ideas, stories and prototypes as part of the design process.<br /><br />Prerequisites: The learner will need to have completed the previous course in 'Introduction to Design Thinking and People Centred Design' and 'Design Thinking - Design Research and Analysis'.
In this free online course Design Thinking - Introduction to Usability Testing you will learn about usability testing, how to pitch a design and how to ensure prototype fidelity.<br /><br />The course begins by introducing you to usability testing, how it should be carried out and who should be your usability testers. You will learn about debriefing and recording the results of your usability tests. You will also learn about what design freedom is and who should evaluate your design.<br /><br />Next, you will learn about the importance of debriefing following the usability tests. You will learn about prototype fidelity and how it changes as the design progresses. You will learn about pitching your design and what a design rational is.<br /><br />This free Alison Course will be of great interest to professionals working in the areas of product and service design and who would like to learn more about testing, refining and pitching during the design process.